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SOURCE Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has released nearly $500,000 in grant funding to five home health agencies to improve healthcare outcomes through the secure exchange of electronic health information (eHIE). The use of electronic health records and the ability to exchange them with other providers has shown to increase efficiency and improve the workflow of healthcare providers, including home health nurses.
The following organizations received awards:
"When a home health caregiver has access to a patient's medical records through an electronic health record (EHR), it means they have the right information at the right time to provide the best care for their client," said the Authority's Executive Director, Alexandra "Alix" Goss. "These capacity building grants in the home health sector bring us a step closer to making the full electronic exchange of health information a reality in Pennsylvania and helps us give healthcare a 21st century upgrade."
The grant requires the recipients to exchange health information using DIRECT, a secure email exchange between two providers, or by linking to one the Health Information Organizations (HIOs) in the state.
These can make home health nurses more efficient by:
Qualified grants were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding for the grants was made possible through a $17.1 million federal grant administered by the Authority to help establish HIE in Pennsylvania.
About the PA eHealth Partnership Authority
The PA eHealth Partnership Authority is an independent state agency that is working to meet federal requirements for eHIE in Pennsylvania. eHIE is the electronic sharing of health-related information among unaffiliated providers and organizations according to nationally recognized standards. For more information, visit www.paehealth.com.
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